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10 Eco-actions to preserve the planet - reduce ecological footprint at home

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

At the time when governments are trying to change our attitudes towards respect for the planet, try to limit our impact on Earth so simple.

Here are 10 simple things to do at home to reduce our ecological footprint on our beautiful planet:

• Replace your light bulbs and halogen bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED. They are more expensive to buy but they consume 5 to 10 times less than a halogen bulb and lasts 6 to 8 times longer than conventional bulbs. The lifetime of a bulb is 1000 hours, while it is 10,000 hours for a CFL and 50,000 hours for the LED.

• With your washing machine, prefer the low-temperature cycles (30 ° or 40 °): washing at 40 ° C consumes three times less than a cycle of 90 ° C. Know what consumes the most energy when it turns a washing machine, the temperature is chosen and not the motor that turns the drum. Washing up to 40 degrees and avoid using a dryer, you'll save 40 to 50% energy!

• In the bathroom, run the water not being used, you find it normal? Take care to close the tap, even if only a few seconds or a minute.

• In the bathroom, a brick or a bottle full of water placed in the tank of your toilet saves about 1 liter of water each flush, with 3,000 liters of water per year!

• In the room, remember to ventilate the rooms in your home half an hour a day to evacuate the many indoor pollutants (glues, varnishes, painting, coloring on furniture, aerosols, tobacco ...)

• By car, use a flexible pipe: eco-driving reduces your average consumption of 10%. Accelerate and brake in traffic does not make you go faster!

• At the market, preferably buy local produce, seasonal saving CO2 emissions related to their husbandry and transport.

• At the store, choose products made of natural materials, with the least packaging and designed to be recycled.

• At work and school before leaving, remember to turn off your computer and your screen. Their function is useless when you leave the room! It costs about 200 € per year per position!

• At garden, adopt composting: your organic waste (vegetable peelings, etc...) Can be recycled at home, reducing your garbage by 20 to 30% and avoids the use of fertilizers.

All these tips are simple to implement, but we tend to forget quickly, which suggests that their impact is negligible. Yet these gestures, the scale of an entire population, will bear fruit in avoiding most of the mess created by consumer society.

Obviously this list of 10 tips is not exhaustive and may be supplemented by many additional efforts to reduce the ecological footprint.



Sep 28, 2010 10:15pm
Very well written, thoughtful, and informational...it was simply a joy to read :)
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